Support Groups

Bereavement Counseling


Our Masters-prepared social workers meet free of charge with anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. There is no requirement that the person seeking support is connected to a patient who was on the Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care (MVHPC) service. Sessions take place at the Nancy Dowd Hospice Home in our library or can also be arranged to take place at a convenient community location. For an appointment, call 518-725-4545 or email






Bereavement Group Sessions


The MVHPC interdisciplinary team hosts a variety of group support sessions for those experiencing a death-related loss. Again, these services are free of charge and do not require a specific connection to a patient who participated in services at Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care. For a schedule of group meetings please call 518-725-4545 or email




Soup Group


New in 2018, this is an informal interdisciplinary group that meets over lunch on the MVHPC campus for supportive conversation and camaraderie. It’s a more informal approach to grief counseling and there is no charge to participate. Reservations for this group are appreciated – please call 518-725-4545 or email




Grief Education at Local School Systems


A sad side effect of society’s escalating violence is the more frequent need for grief support and education for all ages. Our Masters-prepared social workers partner free of charge with local guidance counselors in the neighboring school systems to provide educational resources and mentoring. Our team also offers to meet one-on-one with parents to coach them through the process of getting their children the resources they need to heal. For more information about this special community support, please call 518-725-4545 or email


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